When the Raiders look across the field, they’ll see a rarity at quarterback. Yet, to long-time fans, something vaguely familiar should ring a collective bell. Granted, Josh Allen is in no way, shape or form is John Elway. Yet, the Bills’ signal-caller displays traits, tangential as it may be, that line up with how the former division rival played.
Raw as Sushi
When the Bills drafted Allen with the seventh-overall selection in 2018, analysts appeared surprised. The former University of Wyoming standout did not present as a Top-10 pick. In Laramie, Allen could only muster a 56.2 career completion percentage. His throws either sailed or dribbled at the feet of receivers. Greener than freshly-mowed grass, Allen became the future in Buffalo. During his first, Allen struggled to a 5-6 record. The completion percentage was about what you expected. To their credit, the Bills stuck with their quarterback.
In 2019, Allen showed progress. Those ungodly wild throws looked better. Now, no one confused him for Drew Brees, accuracy-wise. yet, the offense galvanized behind Allen. For better or worse, the franchise sat on his shoulders. Allen leads the Bills to a 10-6 record and a playoff spot. While they lost to Houston, you could see the foundation solidifying under him.
Despite standing 6’5” and weighing 237 pounds, Allen moves the pocket with nimble feet. On top of that, his strength allows him to shake out oncoming defenders. Before we delve into his explosion, Allen’s arm must find it’s way into the discussion. While most quarterbacks show ample confidence, he really wants to pressure defenses. After three games, his 630 Intended Air Yards places him more than a third of the way to 1758 that he accumulated last year. That is to say, the Bills’ signalcaller wants to apply serious vertical pressure. Additionally, he will break contains and streaks downfield with equal parts speed and power. If defenses crash, he’ll find the weakness to make them pay.
In essence, Josh Allen will miss a few open throws. Yet, he will attempt to redeem himself by find receivers deep. The Raiders need to rush smart and play a brand of disciplined defense.